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how do I make myself an administrator...

by kjsurvivor / June 3, 2009 7:26 AM PDT

I have a new laptop running vista.
I am trying to use Spybot S&D but after the program scan completes and I try to "fix selected problems" I get a message that says that I need to run this program as an administrator

How do I change my level to "administrator"

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It's a catch-22
by Steven Haninger / June 3, 2009 8:04 AM PDT

Only an administrator account can create an administrator account or change another account to one. Perhaps the default administrator account has no password. You could try to log in that way and create one for yourself or change your current one. If you cannot log in as an administrator, you're going to either have to find a way to reset the administrator password or contact someone who knows what the default password is. You said it's a new computer. Contact the seller....or, if you have recovery disks, you can wipe out your system, start fresh, and make yourself the administrator during the installation. Good luck.

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My Acount says...
by kjsurvivor / June 3, 2009 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: It's a catch-22

that I am the admin.
What I had to do was turn off the "user acount control"
Now I have an icon on the bottom saying that I have a securety alert because it's turned off.
What should I do now??

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I don't have Vista but I understand
by Steven Haninger / June 3, 2009 8:31 PM PDT
In reply to: My Acount says...

that the shortcuts have a "run as administrator" function similar to XP. Did you try that?

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which shortcuts...
by kjsurvivor / June 3, 2009 8:56 PM PDT

are you refering to and how do I get to them?

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I think ...
by Kees Bakker / June 3, 2009 9:05 PM PDT
In reply to: which shortcuts...

he means the shortcut to run Spybot. What else?

Kees

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I have looked...
by kjsurvivor / June 3, 2009 10:59 PM PDT
In reply to: I think ...

in the "tools" drop-down but did not see anything that refers to
admin status

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I read nothing about "tools" in ...
by Kees Bakker / June 3, 2009 11:09 PM PDT
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